WOMEN'STEC eZine August 2018

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This eZine is for partners, students, supporters and others interested in the work of WOMEN'STEC. To stay up-to-date with our courses and activities, please 'like' us on FaceBook and 'follow' us on Twitter!
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WOMEN'STEC is delighted to launch its new Building Futures project, which mirrors the successful delivery model of our SPEC programme to support economically inactive or unemployed women aged 25 and over into employment, or further training/education. The project provides accredited training in trades, ICT skills, and other areas where women are under-represented.  Our wraparound services include the option of free childcare, one-to-one mentoring, personal development, wellbeing and capacity building courses, job readiness, CV & interview techniques, first steps to employment through volunteering, digital inclusion and support to access further training and education opportunities.  Participants are supported in developing clear pathways for progression to ensure their involvement in the programme is meaningful and beneficial to their future.


Over the past three years (2015-2018) WOMEN'STEC worked with 617 participants providing accredited and non-accredited courses, trades courses and a range of personal development and employability programmes.  Our social value for every £1 invested was estimated to be worth £6.40.  We're delighted that we help make a positive change to so many lives! Read more about our work over the past three years in our Impact Report 2015-2018 by clicking here.
Photo: Tiling at our Girls into Construction event in partnership with CITB(NI).
Photo: Pupils taking part in a staircase Joinery challenge at WOMEN'STEC.

Promoting Opportunities

14-24 year olds


We're delighted to offer new programmes for young women and girls aged 14-24 through several new projects. These programmes aim to raise awareness of careers and progression routes in areas where females are under-represented, such as the wider construction, information technology and other industries.

Through our #PASS and Urban Villages projects we will be offering taster sessions, workshops and raising awareness of careers that are #notjustforboys and how to access them.  We will be working with schools, youth organisations, further education colleges, training organisations, and the construction and IT industries, to heighten awareness of the range of careers available and to provide a supported pathway for girls to move into these better paid jobs.  The programme will involve:
WOMEN’STEC is seeking partnerships for investment and industry support in order to grow our #notjustforboys programme and our work with 14-24 year olds.  Please get in touch if you wish to discuss opportunities!

Taster Day at

If you are age 14-24 come along to our Taster Day on Wednesday, 22 August 10am-1pm.  The event provides an informal atmosphere and an opportunity to visit our premises as well as take part in hands-on activities such as DIY, electrics and painting/decorating, led by female tutors who are great role models.  

For any young mums, with children aged 0-4 years, we can provide free onsite crèche for the taster day (booking is essential as places are limited).  Lunch will be provided. 


If you work with young people and would like to bring a group, please let us know.  Contact Chloe by ringing 028 9074 9810  or emailing

School Project  

WOMEN'STEC is delighted to be involved in the development of an outdoor community garden project at Our Lady's Girls' Primary School in North Belfast, in partnership with Gilbert-Ash Ltd and Belfast Healthy Cities.  WOMEN'STEC has been working over the summer with a group of volunteers, using pallet wood to make outdoor classroom seating and tables.  We have around twenty past carpentry students volunteering their time to help upcycle the wood, and improve their own skills at the same time. This is a fantastic project and we're delighted to be involved. We'd like to thank Gilbert-Ash and their team for supporting this local project and for all the work they've put into developing the outdoor space for the school and local community.

Visitors to WOMEN'STEC

We are always keen to welcome new visitors to our premises and to make new connections.  Feel free to contact us to discuss new opportunities or to find out more about what we do including our #notjustforboys prgramme.
Gordon Best, Regional Director of Quarry Products Association Northern Ireland at WOMEN'STEC with Lynn Carvill, CEO.
Clanmil Housing Group Director of Corporate Services, Karen Gilmore, at WOMEN'STEC with Lynn Carvill, CEO.
Lynn with Marie Macklin CBE for Services to Economic Regeneration & Entrepreneurship Scotland, Director of The Klin Group and Macklin Enterprise Partnerships.
Kirsty McManus, National Director of the  Institute of Directors (IoD NI) pictured at WOMEN'STEC with CEO, Lynn Carvill.
Lynn Carvill, CEO welcomes Empowering Communities to WOMEN'STEC along with partner organisation Clanmil Housing Association. 
WOMEN’STEC is supporting the 2018 Year of Engineering, a campaign that celebrates the world and wonder of engineering and aims to address the shortage of young people, particularly females choosing engineering as a career path.
As part of the Year of Engineering, we will aim to support women to take greater advantage of opportunities in sectors and careers where women are typically under-represented, such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. We’re keen to encourage females to access and get involved in the industry!

We are proud to have students who have moved on to a STEM career. Two of our former students (pictured below) are featured in the NI publication, “Successful Women in Stem” which highlights local role models – view the repor
t by clicking here.
The Year of Engineering is a UK-wide campaign. To find out more, visit or search #YoE on Twitter.
WOMEN'STEC encourages students to consider progression routes and further training, particularly in industries where women are under-represented. Pictured is Dani in composites class as part of her NVQ Level 1 in Engineering at Belfast Met. We're delighted to have had students going on to complete NVQ Level 1 and 2 in Engineering.

Courses & Services

Help us let others know what we do....
WOMEN'STEC offers a range of accredited and non-accredited courses and wraparound support services. These include:
Accredited courses in Electrics, Carpentry, Tiling, Plumbing, Horticulture, etc
Preparing a CV / Filling in Job Applications

Employability & Interview Skills
Mentoring & Volunteering Support
Continuing Education through Ulster University
Access to essential skills and further training
Setting & Achieving Personal Goals
Communication & Confidence Building Courses
STEPS to Excellence Personal Development & Wellbeing Courses
Educational & Site Visits

We also provide free onsite creche places for 0-4 year olds for most courses through our partnership with Wee Chicks social economy.

Design Your Own Table

We are offering an exciting new evening Mosaics Course starting Thursday 20th September, 6pm-9pm, running for 8 weeks. Participants will receive expert guidance to produce their own unique mosaic-topped table, and learn the skills and techniques of this ancient craft. 

At a cost of only £150, you will be provided with a table and all tools and materials including mosaic tiles, grout and paint for the metal legs.  Table dimensions: top 23” X 18” / height 28”.  Places are limited to 10. 

The course will take place at WOMEN’STEC, 29 Chichester Avenue, North Belfast, BT15 5EH.  For further information, visit our website by
clicking here.  To book your place, email  

Room Hire

WOMEN’STEC offers a wide range of competitively priced room hire packages in an easily accessible part of North Belfast. Our facilities are suitable for training, courses, interviews, meetings and events.  The ground floor of our building is fully wheelchair accessible and we have onsite car parking.  Our rates start as low as £25 for a half day.  Further information can be found on our website by clicking here.  To enquire about a room booking, please contact Lisa by emailing or ringing 028 9074 9810.

Big Walk Event

We were delighted to showcase our work as part of this year’s Big Walk event, which was supported by the Eden Project and made possible by the National Lottery.  Michael Conlon and actress/comedian, Nuala McKeever, visited WOMEN’STEC to take part in activities such as electrics and wallpapering, and to hear how non-traditional skills training is helping women, many of who are socially and economically disadvantaged, to return to employment, and how the work of WOMEN’STEC helps promote an equal and diverse workplace.

Community Trainers Needed

We are seeking part-time community trainers.  Could you lead a workshop in DIY, joinery, electrics, plumbing, computer coding, PC maintenance, or furniture  making/ upcycling?  If so, please get in touch.  Tutors should be available to deliver training for 2-3 hours a week, over a ten week period.  Previous training experience is desirable.  Work release applicants are welcome.  We currently need trainers who can deliver in the North West and across the region.  
Applicants should have the personal characteristics to deliver to women who have been excluded from education, training and employment and ability to work within the mission, vision and values of WOMEN’STEC.
To find out more, please contact Patricia Fleming on tel: 02890 749 810 or email:
WOMEN'STEC is one of the seven partners in the Women’s Regional Consortium, which acts as the established link between government, statutory agencies and women in disadvantaged and rural areas. Read more by clicking here
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